1. #BoutiqueStrong Council and Guide
The official name of this project is: The Guide to The New Paradigm – The boutique hotel’s dynamic roadmap to StayBoutique™.
The new Council aligns with the association’s #BoutiqueStrong campaign, an initiative to create a unified community of boutique brands and enthusiasts as the travel landscape evolves. The campaign will be supported by many stakeholders including influencers, authentic BLLA-approved boutique hotels and vendors, with products and services, supporting the industry. BLLA believes that boutique hotels will have the greatest opportunity as travelers begin to plan future trips: travelers will seek intimate experiences and a clear message about safety and security.
The Task Force members include boutique hotel owners, hotel group presidents, public relations professionals and other leaders of the boutique community. For a full list of council members, click here.
As boutique brands in this sector of hospitality (including hotels, restaurants, retail and more) reopen, the association along with members of the #BoutiqueStrong Council will virtually assist with best practices, tools and more through an interactive guide.
From F&B to Revenue Strategy to HR to Communications to Legal & Insurance to Valuation & Investment and more, the #BoutiqueStrong Council will become the official Educational arm of BLLA. Each individual company will provide a brief but comprehensive course on their area of expertise that will be available online in the new member portal and social network (called the BLLA Collective). Hotelier members will also contribute on-the-ground insights to the #BoutiqueStrong Council as their hotels undergo new protocols and changing guest expectations in real-time. Parts of all of the courses will have that boutique spin to them.
2. The BLLA Collective (social network)
BLLA has created the world’s first social network for the Boutique Community, a platform where all members can digitally unite to converse, problem-solve and learn from each other. Features in the social network include groups, forums, messaging features, activity feeds, blog posts and more. The educational coursework will feature the Task Force training modules as well as a future customized program for hotel owners. The online courses will be continuously updated as new information evolves.
3. “On the House” Hotel Membership
BLLA has added a new on-the-house membership opportunity for authentic and approved boutique hotels to be listed on Stay-Boutique.com with direct bookings to the hotel’s reservation page as well as access to the Reopening Roadmap courses in BLLA’s new membership platform, where each hotel will have a login. The association created this option to give back to the industry to allow properties in need access to these curated, valuable resources.
BLLA aims to give boutique brands unprecedented access to the top minds of the growing boutique world as travelers hold hotels to a higher standard and transparency than ever.
The #BoutiqueStrong campaign is one of many initiatives being launched by BLLA this year to especially support the global boutique community in these times.